The process is simplified for OCI cardholders below 20 years of age. In a move towards eliminating the hassles of using an OCI card, the Government of India now requires the Overseas Citizen of Indian cardholders to get their OCI cards reissued only once when they turn 20 years old. Until this announcement, Indian-origin foreign citizens below 20 years of age had to get the OCI card reissued each time the passport was renewed.
Foreign citizens of Indian origin, who have registered as OCI cardholders before reaching the age of 20 years, will get the card reissued not more than once only on renewal of the passport after they attain the age of 20 years, so that the OCI card has their new photo capturing their facial features on turning 20.
If Indian-origin foreign passport holders have registered as OCI cardholders after they turned 20, they don’t need to get the OCI card reissued on renewal of the passport unlike before this amendment to the process. The need to get the OCI card reissued with a new photo will arise on their completion of 50 years of age.
“Now OCI cardholders below 20 years of age can travel to India without worrying about reissuance of the document. The decision on simplifying the process and relaxing the rules, which will facilitate entry to India for OCI cardholders below 20 years, is a great move, indeed. The government has issued nearly 37.75 lakh OCI cards so far,” said the Editor of Travel Beats, a leading overseas Indian community portal with focus on travel to and from India.
All that OCI cardholders, who are below 20 years of age, need to do is to upload a scanned copy of the new passport and their latest photo on the OCI portal online whenever their passport is renewed until they complete 20 years of age. They can upload the documents within 3 months of having received the new passport. This requirement is mandatory as the Government of India needs to update the data regarding new passports issued to OCI cardholders prior to their completion of 20 years of age. They will receive an e-acknowledgement upon submission of the documents.